by Big Droo
As has been reported by multiple sources today, the Pistons have re-signed the leader of the "beloved core" Chauncey Billups. For those unfamiliar with the term "beloved core" it is a reference to the Pistons championship team of the early 2000s with Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace. Many, including myself, believe Joe has been trying to duplicate that level of success with the same recipe for nearly a decade. If you have watched Detroit basketball, then you are already aware that this theory isn't working.
"But Droo, Chauncey can provide a spark off the bench! Come on man, he's MR. BIG SHOT!"
Chauncey has nothing left in the tank. This is a player coming off of a ruptured achilles and various other injuries, not Mr. Big Shot from the 03-04 Finals against the Lakers. This is a player who played in only 22 games last season and averaged 8 points per game. This is not the point guard we were looking for. Bringing Jose Calderon would have been a better option.
"But he can mentor the younger guys, the new core!"
Next time someone says core, I might throw up a little. Billups can mentor all he wants but who is the ACTUAL point guard on this team? Brandon Knight, who is more comfortable at the 2 guard? Rodney Stuckey has already proven he's not a team leader. Mentor all you want but you can't mentor guys who aren't suited to play the position.
"Well they needed a point guard!"
Also, 100% false. Detroit now has 5 potential point guards on the roster: Billups, Knight, Stuckey, Will Bynum and 2nd round draft pick Peyton Siva who has looked decent in the NBA's summer league. You want to develop the young guys? Let them play. Put them in the game. Hire an assistant coach to mentor them, but wasting valuable cap cpace and roster spots on a misguided mentorship program? This should be the final piece of evidence needed to prove Joe Dumars incompetence as a GM.
Don't get me wrong, I loved Chauncey during his first stint with the Pistons. Heck, I loved the entire "beloved core", I had a Ben Wallace jersey! But if the next signing we hear the Detroit Pistons make is recently released Rip Hamilton, consider my fandom revoked. No more core Joe. No more.